Direction : Ramu Chellappa
Production : RV films
Starring : Natarajan Subramaniam, Rajaji, Parvathy Nair, Sanchita Shetty, Radha Rav
Music : Natarajan Sankaran
Cinematography :M.C Ganesh Chandra
Editing : Athiyappan Shiva
Ramu Chellappa who made his debut directorial with this film Enkitta Modhathey, who earlier worked with Pandiraj as assistant director. The film stars Natty, Rajaji, Sanchitha Shetty and Parvathy Nair in lead roles.
Set against the backdrops of 80s-90s in Tirunelveli, the film traverses through the life of two friends Natty, who happens to the hardcore fan of Rajinikanth and Rajaji as Kamal Haasan fans. Sanchitha Shetty, younger sister of Rajaji falls in love with Natty and for Rajaji, he is madly in love with a village belle Parvathi Nair. Everything goes well in the town until their professional aspect of painting cut-outs in theatre owned by Radharavi comes to a clash on the same day release of Rajinikanth-Kamal Haasan film. Their friendship and relationships are tested by times and fate and will they overcome it forms crux of the story.
Be the times of MGR-Sivaji Ganesan to the contemporary Ajith-Vijay, the fandom and its clashes have never been of dearth. Picking up this as the main premise, director Ramu Chellappa has tried to capture the scenario of Rajinikanth-Kamal Haasan fan clashes during 80-90s in the backdrops of Tirunelveli. What makes this film special of its own kind is that it captures the real life pictorial of the lifestyle, linguistic slang and body language of people in that region in a much perfect style. The clashes that happened during those times between the Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan fans has been very well told in naturalistic manner. At the same, the unity that exists between them when it comes to resolving a serious issue in society and how politicians try to misuse the fans for their personal selfish political desires has been narrated intensely.
Although first half of the film travels with some sluggish moments, the post-intermission sequences have its pick up in momentum. But it would have been nice if the climax was offered more substantiality to give a perfect ending. Musical score by Natarajan Shankar in both songs and background score stand out to be an appreciable aspect of this movie. M.C. Ganesh Chandra deserves special mention for bringing up real life like pictorial scenarios of 80s through his lens. In spite of the fact that the film is based on tale of Rajinikanth-Kamal Haasan fans, this will have its reflection or close connection even with the contemporary fans of top league actors.
Natty playing the role of Superstar Rajinikanth’s fan has done a remarkable performance with perfect body language. But when it comes to Rajaji playing the Kamal Haasan’s fan, he could have yet more given a deliberate performance. The heroines – Parvathy Nair and Sanchitha Shetty playing the roles of women from middle class family backgrounds of 80s and 90s have done their episodes efficiently. Others in the star-cast including Radharavi as a powerful and influential theatre owner, Perera, Muruganandham, Vetrivel Raja and many others have done their parts very well.
1. Basic premise of the story
2. Second half
What doesn’t work?
1. Slightly sluggish first half
The film has a decent message claiming that although individuals have strong competition when it comes to supporting their favourite actors, they too possess discipline, culture and persuasive nature in their own aspects. This essential valuable content has probability to gain our attention.
Verdict: Gripping drama
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